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Erbium Laser

About Erbium Laser

You may not be ready to receive a facelift, but nonsurgical treatments may not be giving you the enhancement you desire either. When you are looking for more significant rejuvenation without invasive techniques or incisions, we often recommend ablative laser treatment here at Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts. There are a variety of lasers to choose from, and we house a few in our office, but depending on your aesthetic goals and skin care needs, treatment with the Erbium laser may be what you need to get on your way toward replenished skin. The Erbium laser is able to resurface the skin and eliminate both surface-level and deeper wrinkles that are detracting from your appearance.

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The Erbium Difference

The Erbium laser varies from other ablative lasers due to its ability to produce less side effects and downtime. The secret lies in its affinity for water rather than carbon dioxide, which allows the treated skin to heal faster and reduces the risk of pigmentation issues post-treatment. When applied to the skin, the Erbium laser only targets the tissues containing water molecules, making it a very precise laser treatment that does not damage surrounding skin — those with darker complexions benefit specifically from the Erbium laser. This accuracy is what makes the downtime from Erbium laser treatment only one week as opposed to two or three weeks with other laser systems.

The Erbium laser can be used on the face, neck, hands or chest and has proven to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scars, dyschromia, poor skin texture and sun damage, and because it is a milder form of ablative treatment, entire regions can be treated rather than only specific areas of skin. At VIDA, we also use the Erbium laser to remove age and liver spots, freckles, keratoses, warts and other skin growths.

How Does It Work?

The Erbium laser emits a short, double-pulsed light that immediately destroys damaged skin cells on the epidermis (the topmost layer of skin) and also penetrates deep into the dermis (the bottommost layer) where collagen is located. Collagen is a protein that essentially acts as our time clock. It works to replace old skin cells — the ones responsible for scarring and wrinkles — with new, rejuvenated cells that promote smoother skin. When the collagen in our skin is activated, it gradually begins to replenish the skin, which, over time, will improve its texture, elasticity and overall quality. The Erbium laser stimulates the collagen process by creating thermal wounds within the skin that need to be healed.

Is Erbium Laser Surgery Right for You?

It is important to remember that treatment with the Erbium laser is ablative, which means that more significant wound care will result. During a consultation with Dr. Karlsberg or his Physician’s Assistant, Michele, you can discuss your cosmetic goals and exactly how subtle or dramatic you want your results to be. The Erbium laser is an ideal option for patients who want enhancements somewhere in the middle of the spectrum — not too slight, but not so dramatic that their appearance changes. If this sounds like the effect that you are looking for, then Erbium laser treatment may be right for you.

To begin your treatment, a topical anesthetic will be placed on your skin for about an hour, which will help eliminate any discomfort that the Erbium laser presents. Afterwards, the laser will be passed over the area being treated and a cooling device is used to limit the amount of heat you feel on your skin. The number of treatment sessions you receive will depend on the treatment area as well as the imperfections that are present, however we do recommend receiving a minimum of three session over a period of a few weeks in order to achieve optimal results. Spacing out your treatment sessions allows the natural collagen process to begin working, which occurs gradually to begin with. When your procedure is finished, a wrap containing a saline solution will be placed on the skin, which soothes it and promotes the healing process.

Within the first 24 hours of receiving treatment with the Erbium laser, your skin will appear red and you may experience some slight swelling. You will be required to clean the treatment area regularly and Dr. Karlsberg — who has performed Erbium laser treatment for many years — can suggest gentle cleansers, creams, ointments and sun screens that aid in skin rejuvenation and protect it from environmental elements. You can begin wearing oil-free makeup after three days post-treatment, and your skin should return back to normal in about a week.

If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, contact Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts to schedule a consultation and find out whether treatment with the Erbium laser is right for you. We would be happy to go over your options and find the procedure that is best-suited for your skin.

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